Theology and Apologetics Roundtable: Hospitality to the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses

Friday, May 21, 2010

Hospitality to the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses

Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses are two major “anti-Trinity” Christian cults that, even though they are faithful in their door-to-door evangelistic efforts, their message is utterly false and has no agreement with orthodox, biblical Christianity. Sadly, we as evangelicals who know the truth of God’s Word and the message of Jesus Christ, I would dare to say the majority aren’t as emphatic about personal evangelism to Mormons and JW’s should they knock on our doors. I think one of the problems we don’t invite Mormons and JW’s in our homes can be found in 2 John 10-11.

10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; 11 for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds. [1]

In the first century, it was customary for Christians to open their homes to traveling teachers of the Gospel with lodging and hospitality. Teachers of God’s Word traveled regularly. The Greek word for “greeting” that is mentioned in verse 11 gives the idea of welcoming a false teacher as a brother in the Lord or as part of the believing body of Christ. Doing so would affirm to false teachers that you would be encouraging their ministry. This is not to say that false teachers aren’t to be treated with love and compassion. But I believe the Bible does not permit the hospitality of lodging or teaching in front of a congregation for false teachers.

There is no wrong doing for a Christian to open their doors to people such as Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses over a cup of coffee and open dialogue. These are perfect opportunities for apologetics and evangelism. We are all given the Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to an unbelieving world. That includes Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

[1] New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (2 Jn 10–11). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.